What is the Treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together. Most deep vein blood clots occur in the lower leg or thigh.

Clots can form in superficial veins and in deep veins. Blood clots with inflammation in superficial veins are called superficial thrombophlebitis, which rarely causes serious problems. However, the clots in deep veins require immediate medical care because they are very dangerous. They may break loose, travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, the block blood flow in lungs. In a long term, those clots will damage the vein and cause the leg to severe ache, swell, and even change color.

The most common treatment is taking anticoagulants, the medicine which is also called a blood thinner. Of course, you should take it safely and prevent the potential bleeding problem it may cause. Remember do not take NSAID unless your doctors tell you to take it. Additionally, your doctor will recommend you to walk5 or 6 times a day to relive the pain if possible. And elevating your leg is another way. In our daily life, wearing compression stocks is a common method to relieve leg pain or swelling, and it can prevent vein thrombosis effectively. Thus, they can help you prevent a complication called post-thrombosis.

For other medical treatment, you can choose vena cava filters, which is not common yet. It is inserted into the vena cava, the large vein that returns blood to the heart from the abdomen and legs. But it cannot stop clots from forming.

 

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